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Chu Xu

Professor Chu Xu

Assistant Professor

University of Toronto
Department of Earth Sciences

22 Ursula Franklin St., Toronto
Ontario, Canada M5S 3B1


Ph.D.         Geology and Geophysics      Yale University, 2015

M.Phil.       Geology and Geophysics      Yale University, 2011

B.S.            Geology                                Peking University, 2009


Research Interests:

I am a hard-rock petrologist interested in the rock records of orogenic dynamics and the geochemical processes that transport heat and materials in the lithosphere. I work on a range of topics, with the aim of improving fundamental theories for petrologic thermodynamics and kinetics, and advancing modeling efforts to reveal the geologic histories documented by natural rocks. My projects integrate field-based studies, experimental petrology, and numerical simulations, and apply the petrologic tools to field areas of various geologic settings, including the New England Appalachians, the Tianshan UHP belt in western China, Alpine Corsica, contact aureoles in the Sierra Nevada, and the Adirondacks.

For more details on my research interests and specific projects, please visit: www.xchu.rocks.